Process, Issue 06: Dreamcasts

Issue 06CONTINUING OUR FEATURE SERIES “PROCESS” – A SPOTLIGHT ON PRODUCERS, AND LOOK INTO THEIR CREATIVE APPROACH: OUR SIXTH EDITION FEATURES LOCAL MINNEAPOLIS ARTIST DREAMCASTS.  AFTER PREMIERING HIS LATEST SINGLE ON NEST HQ WITH NOXINBOX, WE CAUGHT UP WITH THE PRODUCER FOR AN INTERVIEW BELOW. 

Slam Academy: Could you introduce yourself?

Dreamcasts: Hi! My Name is Dreamcasts.

SA: Where are you from?

DC: I am from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

SA: How did you start making music?

DC: I’ve been playing guitar for around 6 years and I always liked using different pedals to make my guitar sound electronic and abnormal.  So one day I bought a midi controller and started making weird sounds with different synths and drums and found I had a lot more control over what everything sounded like.  I was always very interested in making songs with full instrumentation and found I could do that with producing electronic music.

11902579_10153025814000895_5286736090203451610_nSA: Who were some of your major influences growing up? Who are they now?

DC: I have always been heavily influenced by R&B and Pop music growing up.  People like Craig David, Usher, and Justin Timberlake.  Now I am still influenced by R&B, but I find a lot more inspiration in electronic music artists such as Cashmere Cat, Lido, and Wave Racer.

SA: What does your creative process look like?

DC: Usually I find a sound that I want to use and figure out how I’m going to incorporate it. It could be a drum sample or a synth, but usually it just takes one thing to inspire me to make a song.  After I figure out how to use my main sound I will build the song around that.

SA: Have you changed your approach to writing music as you’ve progressed?

DC: Definitely. I used to focus on tweaking one sound until it was perfect and would forget what I was going to do with the rest of the song. Now, I focus more on getting the whole song roughly laid out in front of me with all of the sounds I want to use. Once I get the basic feel and structure of the song, then I will go in and tweak sounds making them sound better all together.

SA: Do you ever feel inhibited by creating music electronically?

DC: Not at all. When I was mainly playing guitar I felt that I could only really make guitar related things.  With electronic music, I feel that I can really do anything.  Electronic music really allows you to re-create any instrument or sound you can think of.  I think it is more freeing than making music with traditional instruments.  But, that being said, incorporating traditional instruments into electronic music is pretty cool.

SA: Where do you like to create?

DC: I mostly create in my room.  I pretty much have to sit in a quiet room with no distractions so I can really think through my ideas and translate them into Ableton.

SA: What are you working on currently?

DC: I am currently working on mostly original songs right now, and also few official remixes for some of my favorite producers.

SA: Anything we should be on the look out for?

DC: I have an official remix for a very talented producer named Airwav coming out soon and a few original tracks that are in the works to be released soon!

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